9 Oct 2017

Serious Fear Grips Akwa Ibom Residents as Monkey Pox Hits Uyo

Residents of Akwa Ibom have been gripped by stark fear and serious tension as the Monkey Pox disease hits the state capital.
The many residents of Akwa Ibom State were, at the weekend, gripped with apprehension after the state government announced the outbreak of the dreaded Monkey Pox disease in the state.

This is making Akwa Ibom the third state in the Niger Delta region, following earlier reports of outbreak in Bayelsa and Rivers states.

According to Vanguard, this came as the Federal Government described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of Monkey Pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care by the government in the affected areas.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, apparently, was being spread by some unscrupulous persons to fit into a sinister agenda.

He said: “The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states.

“Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as Chicken Pox and Smallpox. It is suspected that someone may have contacted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak.”

He assured that no effort will be spared in curtailing the spread of the disease.

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